//Revelry by Kandi Steiner//
“One moment, one look, and the haze I’d walked in for years blew out in a breath. Because every day was the same. And then I saw her.”
Revelry by Kandi Stiener is hands down her most raw, real, and genuine novel to date. It beautifully encompasses both the pain and uncertainty that comes with your world shattering to pieces and the hope of healing and love still to be found and experienced in the future. It is one of this years top reads.
Wren, still nursing her wounds from her recent divorce, decides to spend the summer in a small mountain town called Gold Bar to find herself again and attempt to heal the scars on her heart. Personally, I loved Wren. She was strong and brave and loved herself enough to know that she deserved better than being with a man that only loved her under conditions. I adored her spirit and heart even though she was broken and unsure about every move and decision she was making, but that was what made her real and relatable. She took a chance with her life to follow her dreams and search for someone that would build her up and support her while she did the same for him, and there is absolutely nothing selfish about that.
Anderson. I wanted to weep for him. He was a ghost of a man. Simply going through the motions as crippling grief continued to keep a firm grip on his soul. While his outward demeanor was strong, rough, and unapproachable…the scars, grief, and guilt could be seen in his eyes. As he grew to know Wren he slowly learned to live again, which is the bravest thing a person can do after their heart breaks. He was strong and silent, mysterious and alluring, loving and caring. I fell for him instantly.
The two learned to lean on one another, even though they were both too broken and bruised to need each other the way did. They helped each other grow and dream for love and forgiveness. It was beautiful and soul cleansing to read as it latched on to my emotions.
This is definitely not your typical romance, but that is something I have quickly learned to love about Kandi Steiner’s writing. Her stories burrow deep down in your bones and make you feel. Feel sadness, feel grief, feel joy, feel love and adoration… she makes you feel it all. She’s not afraid to break your heart and make you question whether the story will have a happy ending because that is how life is. Nothing is certain and everything could change in a split second. She is a brilliant writer simply because she writes from her soul.
From the bestselling author of Weightless and A Love Letter to Whiskey
Wren Ballard is trying to find herself.
She never expected to be divorced at twenty-seven, but now that the court date has passed, it’s official. The paperwork is final. Her feelings on it aren’t.
Spending the summer in a small mountain town outside Seattle is exactly what she needs. The peaceful scenery is a given, the cat with the croaky meow is a surprise, but the real kicker? A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her.
Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost.
He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away. What he doesn’t see coming is his need to know who put them there — or his desperation to mend them.
Sometimes getting lost is the way to find yourself. Sometimes healing only adds a new scar. And sometimes the last place you expected to be is exactly where you find home.